Now that Jerry Seinfeld’s digital series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has put Crackle on the map as an original content provider, they are getting ready to dip their toes into the movie business as well. This week they have announced that they will team up with Legendary Entertainment for a feature-length adaptation of the popular Capcom video game series Dead Rising. The movie will debut exclusively on their streaming service before eventually making its way to DVD, VOD and TV and will be penned by Tim Carter, who was a writer on the video game Sleeping Dogs and also a producer on the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series. It will be the first release from Legendary Digital Media and Tom Lesinski, their president of content and distribution, had this to say about the announcement:
“Dead Rising has a built-in fan base and rich characters and plotlines that are ideal for digital storytelling and on target for Legendary’s brand… Crackle and Content are adept at distributing cutting-edge digital content and we look forward to delivering a highly engaging and cool series for a global audience.”
While it’s interesting to see Crackle getting into the original content game (they also supposedly have a Joe Dirt sequel in the works), I don’t really have high hopes for this project. Zombies continue to be low hanging fruit and, as far as I know, the world of Dead Rising does not have much to set itself apart from the multitude of other zombie properties out there (let’s face it, the first game was heavily inspired by Dawn of the Dead). But hey, maybe it will be better than Amazon’s ill-fated Zombieland TV show. Are you excited by the prospect of a Dead Rising movie?